Advanced Authentication - Virtual Desktop Authentication Agent

This guide provides information about system requirements and how to install and configure the Virtual Desktop Authentication Agent on Windows.

Intended Audience

This guide is intended for the Advanced Authentication domain administrators.

About Virtual Desktop Authentication Agent

The Advanced Authentication Virtual Desktop Authentication Agent facilitates you to enable multi-factor authentication for the following desktop virtualization clients software:

  • VMware Horizon (formerly known as VMware View)

  • Microsoft Remote Desktop

  • Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop

The Administrator can create profiles to access the different supported virtualization platforms and a user needs to choose a required profile and perform a pre-session multi-factor authentication. After authentication, the shared desktop or application starts automatically. Also, VDA supports a kiosk mode that can be used on workstations or thin clients where the user does not need to interact with local desktop to connect to remote resources.

For example, Sussane, who is an end-user uses the VMware Horizon client to access the office computer from home. She must perform multi-factor authentication using the Virtual Desktop Authentication agent to get secured access to the office computer.